Yarmuth Says Earmark Moratorium Would Slow Funding Process

by Gabe Bullard on November 23, 2010

Many Republicans in Washington have come out in support of a moratorium on earmarks, but it remains to be seen if the earmarks will stop, or government spending will decline.

The GOP could block earmarks coming out of the House when it takes control of that chamber next year. In the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has reversed his position, and is calling for a moratorium in his caucus.

But Third District Congressman John Yarmuth says he thinks a complete moratorium is unlikely. It would give the executive branch total control of appropriations, he says, and that would slow down the flow of money, as federal agencies seek to award grants to projects that would otherwise have received earmarks.

“Kentucky has always done fairly well, but then, Kentucky has done well because of the earmark process,” he says. “That’s a concern 435 members of congress now have.”

Senate Democrats have not backed a moratorium, and Yarmuth says that body could still send appropriations bills that include earmarks to the House for approval.

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Judith December 2, 2010 at 1:33 am

I think most of these ear marks are very useless & not to mention some are down right silly. Let the people vote on ear marks on the ballot & that way we will see just what is important to the people and just what is important to the lobbyists and special groups. Mr. Yarmuth who was a Republican & is now a Democrat, should know better than to support earmarks, unless as I said are important & voted on by the people. Is that not what the goverment said many years ago, for the people and by the people….judith

Judith December 2, 2010 at 1:40 am

Earmarks can be very useless and sometimes just silly. I think some of these ear marks pander to special interest groups and not the normal “man in the street.” Please remember that all of us good or bad have agendas that can can be seen as ear marks in government terms. Earmarks, in my opinion only should be voted on by the people in the city of Louisville, Lexington or wherever these ear marks will apply to to the voters in that area. Thank you for allowing me to express my opinion! Judith

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